Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King is an action RPG enriched with adventure and platform elements. The title was developed by the independent French team Redlock Studio, and was created, among other things, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. The main source of inspiration for its authors were the Dark Souls and Legacy of Kain series, as well as the iconic Shadow of the Colossus.
Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King takes us on a journey into the fantasy world known as Hypnos. During the game, we play the role of the Traveller, who, wandering through gloomy areas dotted with numerous ruins, learns the fate of the fall of civilization inhabiting it years ago. His mission is to defeat the twelve Demiurgs who have plunged the land into chaos and to find the eponymous King, its creator.
Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King shows the action in a combination of TPP and side view, transitioning smoothly between one and another in selected moments. When wandering through the vast maps, through which there are usually several paths, we must avoid traps and abysses, which requires skill. In addition, while playing we encounter environmental puzzles, the solving of which often leads us to hidden locations, and we also meet several NPCs, sometimes having tasks for the protagonist.
An important role in this game is played by battles with twelve bosses (Demiurgs). During the skirmishes, like in soulslike productions, the key to success is careful observation of opponents' movements (only in this way can we know their movements pattern and find potential gaps in defense), blocking enemy blows and executing quick counter-attacks.
As we progress, we gradually progress the hero by unlocking new active and passive abilities; additionally, we can increase his combat potential by buying or crafting more and more powerful equipment and improving existing gear. As the amount of resources needed for crafting is limited, we often have to choose whether we prefer to prepare a better weapon or, for example, a key that opens one of the locked doors in front of us.
Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King offers dark three-dimensional graphics; the gloomy atmosphere is created by scarce lighting and gloomy colors.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-7600 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 8.1/10 64-bit